Train comes home to San Francisco for a good cause

Train visits San Francisco for a good cause
April 12, 2012 4:52:19 PM PDT
Rock music sensation Train is in San Francisco this week for a small series of small venue concerts. The band is raising money for a family home for critically ill children. It's a homecoming of sorts for train, which got its start here in the city. Train sings about the city where they started in 1994.

"There was a time when there was a lot of loss in the band, so we left the Bay Area to kind of reboot a little bit," said Pat Monahan, the Train vocalist.

But Pat, Scott and Jimmy have moved back.

"You can be anything here in San Francisco and no one will look down on it. In fact, no one will look up at it," said Pat.

They sang at the Giants 2011 season opener. This week they're performing at small San Francisco clubs before a world tour for the release of their new album, "California 37." The shows benefit Family House, a place where children with life threatening illnesses and their families can stay near UCSF.

"Our kids come to San Francisco to be saved and their message is 'Save me San Francisco,' too," said Alexandra Morgan, the CEO of Family House.

The Harris' are from Ukiah.

"Brian is being treated for t-cell leukemia, and so the Family House affords us the ability to be able to stay close to medical care while he's under treatment," said Johanna Harris, a mother of a patient.

They have their own rooms, share a kitchen and a living room, and without Family House they would be stuck. That care and commitment for children has inspired train to help Family House.

"We know what it is like to have nothing and so now to be a band that has something, it's time to share that," said Pat.

From album success, a booming Save Me, San Francisco wine company, it is a good time for the band. For our ABC7 camera only, Train surprised Morgan with a check for $50,000 to her organization from their band.


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